Indonesia gov't urged to make realistic commitments in G20 forum

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The Indonesian government is urged to make realistic commitments at the G20 Summit in Seoul of South Korea so that they could be adapted in the country's different regions, experts told Xinhua in exclusive interviews on Friday.

Agung Pambudi, president director of the Regionomika Advisory Group, an economic think-tank focusing on autonomous regions, said that the government must socialize results generated in the forum.

"I call on the government not to make commitments that could not be adapted in our regions. The government must calculate regional capacities. It is very important," said Pambudi.

According to Pambudi, in several cases, local regions are not ready with the central government's commitments made with foreign investors.

"That's why the government must socialize results of such forum as local regions' understanding on the results is often limited," he said.

Pambudi said that in some cases involving the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and free trade agreement (FTA), commitments are not honored due to certain obstacles.

"Principles of free trade are that countries could send their products freely to other countries. However, according to the context of Indonesia's regional autonomy that was enacted in 2001, they could pose tariff and non-tariff barriers. So, this is not in line with the central government's commitment," said Pambudi.

Aviliani, an economist from the Institute for Development of Economic and Finance (INDEF), told Xinhua in a separate interview that as the government represents its people in making deals and commitments in the forum, it is automatic that the government must be concerned with its regional policies.

"If the government wants to invite investors, for example, it must involve them in policy making," she said.

According to Aviliani, there are many cases that foreign investors are rejected by local governments as they are not ready with policies and infrastructures.

Previously, Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives Pramono Anung said that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono must prioritize meetings in South Korea for the sake of Indonesia's economic progress as it is not easy for the country to join the club.

President Yudhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono arrived at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday evening.

Yudhoyono and his entourage are in Seoul, attending some series of meetings of the G-20 Summit which has ended on Friday afternoon.

Source: Xinhua


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